The nominees for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize were recently announced and it was a celebration of independent Canadian publishering. Needless to say, we were delighted. The Giller Prize is one of the richest literary prizes in Canada, annually honouring excellence in Canadian fiction, whether that's a novel or a collection of stories.
This year we're happy to see four titles by two LPG member publishers on the list! Congratulations to Coach House Books and Biblioasis!
Andre Alexis was nominated for his novel Fifteen Dogs, a look at human consciousness through a pack of canines who are given human consciousness and language by the gods.
Samuel Archibald was nominated for his short story collection, Arvida, translated by Donald Winkler. Arvida explores the line between memory and story in a collection that is filled with both everyday wonder and fantastical terror.
Anakana Schofield was nominated for her second novel, Martin John, which delves into the mind of a man many women have encounted but few have understood.
Russell Smith was nominated for Confidence, a collection of urban stories that provide an honest and inciteful look at the modern world, from aggressive raccoons to crowded restaurants.
The five-member jury will reduce this list in time to announce a shortlist on October 5th at the Art Gallery of Ontario, then the winner will be announced at a televised gala hosted by Rick Mercer on November 10th. Fans have an opportunity to hear the nominated authors read at a series of events starting the end of October. For more details on the events and to see a full list of this year's longlist, please visit the Giller Prize website.